Book Reviews, dystopian, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

Halla’s Last Hurrah

Pendragon #10: The Soldiers of Halla by D.J. MacHale


I really did try to not finish this book for as long as I could… I wanted to not finish it because it meant this amazing series was over. I know exactly why my boyfriend absolutely adores this series. It was one of the greatest series I’ve ever picked up and I’m so glad that my boyfriend pushed for me to read it, because it truly was amazing from beginning to end.

So. MUCH. HAPPENED. in this last novel and I still cannot get over all of it. The whole last battle was amazing and I don’t want to put any spoilers as to who dies, but I will say that the way MacHale handled the deaths was phenomenal.

I cried so much during this freaking book. I can’t go into details about why because, again, spoilers. But I will say that this freaking book was just insane and so many things happened that left me in tears. MacHale has a knack for having the emotional stuff sneak up on you and then hit you like a ton of bricks.

My boyfriend was sleeping when I finished this book, but I’m honestly shocked I didn’t wake him up with my sobbing in the last couple chapters especially.

I will say that one of my favorite things, aside from the incredible territories that he created, would have to be the characters in this series. They’re some of the most amazing characters ever and I love watching how all of them grow over the course of the series.

I loved that last chapter and seeing what happened after everything that went down with Saint Dane. I was hoping we’d get some closure, and we definitely did, so I can’t be upset about that.

Currently Reading:

Isla and the Happily Ever After (page 19)

Ender’s Game (page 237)


Book Reviews, dystopian, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

Trust No One

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Pendragon: Raven Rise by D.J. MacHale


Well. When I started this particular Pendragon installment, I definitely wasn’t expecting to have an entire ending chapter that rivaled the amount I cried during Clockwork Princess’s epilogue, but here we are. (it wasn’t quite as much as CP2 but that’s just because that epilogue was the best ending ever)

Wow, this was such a crazy ride from beginning to end. My boyfriend only told me one thing when it came to this book and that was that it didn’t really take place in one single territory and now I completely understand why he told me that. It wasn’t like the others where we were introduced to a new world and a new challenge, this one progressed the storyline so much and really finalized a lot.

The second half of the book just kind of left me shocked and the book as a whole gave me an eerie feeling of witnessing the world during Hitler’s rise to power. The tattoos, the flags, the sense of “superior” human beings. It honestly kinda left me shuddering on more than one occasion while reading certain parts.

Bobby finally gets reunited with his best friends- Mark and Courtney- only to be ripped away again almost as quickly. He and Alder make a daring journey in an attempt to stop so much bad from happening, only to be screwed at every turn. There were a couple times where I honestly found myself getting lured into believing one way, starting to get comfortable, when something would come up out of nowhere and leave me feeling like a complete idiot for being lured into that false sense of security.

I could feel Bobby’s frustration, his anger, his sadness, all of it throughout this book. His emotions kept rising and rising and I could feel his blind hatred when it came to him being on that helicopter in that last bit. His whole existence is a question, he’s terrified of what’s at stake beyond just him being real or not, he’s angry at all the friend’s he’s lost and his unfair disadvantage when it comes to this whole war. This is where you really start to see Bobby being screwed over yet again when he comes back to the fight and it’s so hard to see him lose as much as he has with very little complaining. He’s such an amazingly strong and strong-willed person, it hurts to see the way he’s hurt time and time again.

That last bit, the last chapter, I cannot even begin to explain how utterly huge and devastating that chapter was for me. You don’t realize how much you start loving these characters, rooting for them and their mission, hoping that you don’t have to watch them die. They’re all some of the most amazing characters and they’re all so unique compared to each other, he does such a good job making sure they’re all their own people and I love that.

This was an amazing penultimate book and I cannot wait to read the last one to see how everything ends up wrapping up in the end. I already have it sitting next to me and I could not be more excited.


Currently Reading:

Roar by Cora Carmack (page 10)

Pendragon: The Soldiers of Halla by D.J. MacHale (Just started)

Lauren xx

Book Reviews, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

Version 2.0

Pendragon- Book Eight: The Pilgrims of Rayne by D.J. MacHale


Goodness gracious, I don’t know what I was expecting when I started this book, but it certainly wasn’t what I got. What I got was much, much better than I ever could have hoped for.

From start to finish, this book was a complete and total mind-fuck and there was a new twist every other chapter it seemed. It’s starting to get crazy, everything is coming to fruition slowly and more and more questions are arising and I am so excited to read the last two books of this series.

As soon as Bobby decided to part ways at the beginning, I knew it was going to be a crazy ride on both sides and I was absolutely right. It’s like starting at the two sides of the Matterhorn ride and wondering which bobsled will reach the bottom first.

SO MUCH happened in this book, and it was hard to keep track of everything that happened from start to finish in this book. There was so much character development for Bobby, for Courtney, we finally got to know Dodger and I absolutely love him, and even for Mark. It’s been awesome to see how everyone is growing up and how everything is changing as the series goes.

Bobby made some tough choices in this book, especially towards the end, and I am quite excited to see how everything turns out over the course of the last two books. I am so stoked for this series.


Currently Reading:

Renegades by Marissa Meyer  (page 120)


-Lauren xx


Book Reviews, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

All Kinds of Messed Up

Pendragon: The Quillan Games by D.J. MacHale

5/5 stars

I mean… wow. Once I started really reading, I flew through this book. I read 200+ pages in my last sitting alone and man, what a read. This book was so intense from start to finish, I can honestly say whenever I was reading I was on the edge of my seat.

So much happened in this book, but on the flip side, so much was introduced and shit was blown open left and right leaving me with way more questions than I could ever have answers for.

The last little bit of Bobby’s journal definitely gave me some hope for the future, but everything Saint Dane talked to him about only left more questions. Aghhh

This book reminded me a lot of a mix of The Hunger Games (which, in all honesty I think borrowed a lot from this book) but also a little with the competition from The Goblet of Fire in the whole last set of games. It’s always interesting to see parallels between different books, it’s always been something I enjoy.

But, because it was similar to those two books, it goes without saying that there were deaths, and it wasn’t a walk in the park. Not that any of Bobby’s adventures are, but this one went above and beyond anything he’d had to do before.

I knew there was something fishy about the games and where those two idiots came from, and I also called it with Green, but I won’t get into too much of that.

I’m so glad that Courtney is okay, but I’m livid with everything happening with Mark. I want answers and I cannot wait to pick up the next book to hopefully have some stuff explained.

Yet again, I have to thank my boyfriend for introducing me to this series and prompting me to read it.

Currently Reading:

Renegades by Marissa Meyer (page 23)

-Lauren xx

Book Reviews, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

Rain is a Good Thing

Pendragon: The Rivers of Zadaa (book six)


This one was amazing. I loved learning more about where Loor came from and actually seeing how the society there functioned. One of my favorite things about the series is seeing all the different worlds and the societies that exist in each one.

This one was interesting, seeing the difference between those that lived above ground and those that lived below, controlling the water. These societies were so interesting to read about.

Bobby grows so much in this book, from his humbling experience towards the beginning, to him training to be more physically capable. So happy to see him growing over each book, learning more as he goes, gathering information but also gathering more questions. But I love his resilience. Not everyone would continue trekking on after everything he’s been through.

The last probably 50 or so pages were the biggest mind-fuck ever. So much happened and so much was set up for the next book and I am so freaking excited to see what happens next. Gahhh

Thank you to my amazing boyfriend, yet again, for having me start this series.

Currently Reading:

Pendragon: The Quillan Games (page 23)

Renegades (page 12)


-Lauren xx